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Old 03-03-2011, 05:23 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any ideas for a substitute if I don't own a pin lock socket? I don't want to order online and continue to wait for shipping. Also, does anyone have an idea for a Haier tower that has a serving line for a bigger tube when I'm using a 3/16" serving line? I have a welding shop in town I was going to stop by tomorrow to see if they had any solutions. Thanks!!


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Old 03-03-2011, 05:33 AM   #2
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I just made a socket for my pin locks today. All you need is a 6 point 13/16" spark plug socket and a rotary tool (dremel) with a grinding disc. Set socket over pins and mark on outside of socket where the pins are. Grind out wide enough for pins and about 3/8" deep into socket. The pins will be in the corners of socket. Super super easy took 10 minutes and a $1 socket from advanced.


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Old 03-03-2011, 11:23 AM   #3
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It's all I need. Just be careful with the pins. You can work it from the top and through the handle hole on the side, depending on how the post is oriented.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:34 PM   #4
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I'm also able to work a brake line wrench past the pins
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Just clamp some vise grips below the pins on the bottom of the post. Worked for me.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:22 AM   #6
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I just made a socket for my pin locks today. All you need is a 6 point 13/16" spark plug socket and a rotary tool (dremel) with a grinding disc. Set socket over pins and mark on outside of socket where the pins are. Grind out wide enough for pins and about 3/8" deep into socket. The pins will be in the corners of socket. Super super easy took 10 minutes and a $1 socket from advanced.
+1 on this... Made both gas and liquid sockets for my stuff..
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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How wide do the slots need to be to accommodate the pins? I'm about to make one myself.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:48 AM   #8
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Take the socket, sit it on the post and mark with a sharpie... You should catch the edges with the socket.... No need for super exact measuring...
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+1 on the socket build -- I cut both gas and liquid pins into the same socket ... 10 mins & $1 and it works great.. No more fooling with wrenches and pliers !!
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I can confirm that vise grips, or a channel-lock wrench, below the pins work just fine. Bang the wrench with a mallet if you need it to move. If there isn't enough space for access, cut away some of the rubber collar--I'm glad I did that anyway to allow for more play in the lines in my tightly-packed kegerator.


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